The Albanese Government’s 10-Year Dementia Action Plan is aiming for greater public awareness of dementia, and excellent post-diagnostic support for those living with the condition, as well as their carers. However, many in the sector are concerned that it fails to address a range of royal commission rcommendations, particularly in regards to human rights of people living with dementia. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to several leading advocacy body heads.
Dementia affects a far higher proportion of CALD elders than those born in Australia, yet mainstream providers and workers continue to make little allowance for the unique needs of these elders. NARI's Professor Bianca Brijnath, offers a number of practical tips and strategies for the road ahead, spearheaded by clear lines of communication and a willingness to listen and learn from diverse communities. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Returning to the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2023 from March 7-19, The Fishbowl is a fabulous one-hour experimental theatre performance inspired by actor, aged care worker and writer Matthew Barker's personal diary entries from 2016 while working in a memory support unit. New audio has been added for the 2023 iteration of the play, comprising interview material from experts, other aged care workers and family members of those with lived experience of dementia. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
WA couple Karlene and Bob Mossman met not long after they both enlisted in the Australian Defence Force in the late 1950s, and it was love at first sight. Today, with a little in-home care assistance and a never-faltering affection that has lasted six decades, the couple's romantic flame burns brightly on. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Falls are a major health concern in aged care, with between 30 to 50 percent of residents experiencing a fall each year. A new three-year, government-funded trial is aiming not only to detect falls, but even more importantly, head them off before they happen. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
As aged care nurses and personal care workers wait for their 15 per cent pay rise come July, the United Workers Union (UWU) and its members are rallying to encourage further pay rises that include all workers in the sector. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to UWU aged care director Carolyn Smith about why extra financial support for all aged care workers is vital.
Since 2018, Opal Healthcare CEO Rachael Argaman and director of communications and sustainability, Roseanne Cartwright, have been overseeing a transformation of Opal Healthcare aged care facilities nationwide. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Older Australians are re-joining the aged care workforce in their droves over recent years. myHomecare Group HR manager Lissa Wyborn tells BIANCA ROBERTS that not only are they a huge asset to their workplace, they are particularly valued by older persons looking for support from someone with a lived experience of ageing.
According to the authors of new book 'Burnout: A Guide to Identifying Burnout and Pathways to Recovery', healthcare workers and unpaid carers are prime candidates for developing burnout. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to co-author Professor Gordon Parker about exactly what the condition is and how those experiencing it can navigate their way to a quick recovery.
Older Australians are at high-risk for mental distress and suicide, yet their current level of support and care remains hopelessly inadequate. While it's imperative that government be proactive with measures to address the crisis, aged care providers and workers, too, have a vital role to play in improving the culture relating to mental health issues in this country. BIANCA ROBERTS spoke to SANE Australia CEO Rachel Green in search of some answers.